Well, it’s bot a week since I very first reported the potential of HashOcean being a scam, and at this point I believe I can securely flag it spil such. I wasgoed fortunate ter that I had only invested a few dollars into the mining operation and had actually received a payout. What is more interesting however, is the crazy path of stories, sites, and information that has bot passed around overheen the week. While I toevluchthaven’t had the most in-depth recollection of what has transpired, here is what I’ve seen from my daily checkins on the kwestie overheen the course of a week.
After a calming weekend I went to loom ter to check how my bitcoin mining fared overheen the weekend. I wasn’t expecting any major spikes, but I wasgoed looking to either withdrawal my petite amount of profits or reinvest it again. Oddly enough the webstek wasn’t responding. Up to this point the communication stream from HashOcean had bot pretty minimal. They had a Twitter and Facebook account, but they were mainly for petite updates or marketing, so I figured I would attempt out Twitter, since it tends to have a more “geekish” pulse on thesis types of things.
Remarkably enough, there wasgoed already a fair amount of talk ter twitter regarding the kwestie. The webpagina had already bot down for a duo of days. Worse than that, the FaceBook had gone down and the Twitter account wasgoed unresponsive. Lots of tweets were already denouncing HashOcean spil a scam, having stolen approximately $50M worth of bitcoin from toughly 700,000 people right before the bitcoin halving wasgoed to take place. This wasgoed a Ponzi scheme from the beginning and the culprits were cashing out and running.
Interestingly enough, there were reports out there that HashOcean had reported they were hacked. Nothing wasgoed on their Twitter account, but there were a few reports (with screenshots) that HashOcean had bot hacked and they were scrambling to get back up and running spil soon spil possible. Word wasgoed that the hackers had taken overheen the domain name and Facebook pagina. While I toevluchthaven’t seen much ter the past with FB take overs, I’ve read enough articles out there to note that a hacker can be particularly lethal by stealing a domain name, redirecting/parking it elsewhere, and then having it out there for ransom.
To make matters worse, there were a duo of sites that had clever alternatives to the original name, such spil hashoceans.com (note the S at the end) or hashocean.co.uk that looked like the original webpagina but the login pages were scams to grab logins or provide the impression things were running again. There wasgoed even another resource out there claiming to be a refund webpagina run by HashOcean to serve customers. The wording of the e-mail said that they only had a hash of the database, so they needed your e-mail address, password, and bitcoin address te order to decently refund your money. Hopefully everybody witnessed all of the massive crimson flags fully for that one.
Still, there were a few random tweets out there from people who said they had talked to HashOcean and that they were still there and working to get back online ter two days. With all the puinhoop surrounding a hack, it seems reasonable to some extent that. Some of the bitcoin news aggregates were also passing around thesis few details ter their news feeds, so it seemed to add a bit of credence to it. It seems reasonable enough that if HashOcean wasgoed truly working hard to get things up. They’d keep their nose to the grindstone to get things done and worry about social muffle and it’s repercussions straks.
But that is part of the problem spil well. Te the minds of some folks, the idea that mining could get them rich quick, and for a relatively petite investment up gevelbreedte, starts to cloud their judgement. The webpagina looks pretty solid when I look at it. All the core pages are there, and they even have a list of founder with photos, but when I attempt to dig deeper, and maybe get photos of the mining equipments they have setup, since they keuze to be international. Yes they have a Twitter and Facebook pagina, but almost all the posts seem to be plain marketing posts and nothing about interaction with users.One of the originating mining equipments is outside of the US, so sure their English might be a bit cracked to start with.
Then things got worse. The two day turnaround came and went, and the sites were still down. There wasgoed still no traffic on the Twitter feed (the original Facebook pagina wasgoed still down) and now there were a few miscellaneous tweets circulating that some of the photos used for the founders pagina were simply stolen from somebody else that has nothing to do with bitcoin. Te addition, some conversations around Reddit circulated questioning whether or not there were actually 700K users to start with. Most of that gegevens could be lightly forged with a ordinary script that might increase it’s value after a little while. Wij can also look at some of the Twitter accounts posting the “only Two days to go” or “I’ve talked to them” tweets and note that their accounts are relatively fresh, or only have two or three tweets to their name, or maybe both. Thesis personages suspicion that they are merely accounts created by a bot, or potentially hacked accounts used by a botnet, considering they often say, or retweet the precies same thing. Maybe I tend to attempt to give the benefit of the doubt ter most situations, so the conflicting reports make it hard to discern what is truly going on.
A fresh development arose! An ethical hacking group, named KyperTech, arose out of the scandal and vowed to track down the hackers and help bring them to justice. They were looking for some volunteers spil well and made some good progress. Then evidently the hackers attempted to DDOS them back. They fought through that and had allegedly found all the locations except for one. After that things were quiet for a day or so and a bizarre message demonstrated up ter binary. KyperTech straks explained that they had bot threatened by the hackers to expose their identity if they continued to pursue things. There were e-mail screenshots associated with this informatie. However, a day straks (early this morning) they indicated they had overcome this and have even said that they left a Google Verification card at a mailbox that wasgoed monitored and the FBI took two people into custody. What do wij make of all of this? It seems superb at the initial onset, but my growing skepticism of the entire punt makes mij wonder. The “hack back” has potential, but if I wasgoed a potential scammer, why te the world would I go to my mailbox after doing a “cut and run” to pick up some kleuter of Google verification e-mail. It could be that this group/persona is a distraction while other cleanup is done or funds are redirected elsewhere.
At this point, I believe it is safe to say that HashOcean wasgoed indeed a scam. To a lesser degree, it could even be possible that the company wasgoed faltering financially to start with, let their domain expire so they could close up shop, and others have swept te to attempt and profit and scam users that have bot left high and dry. I’ve bot fortunate enough to have bot only slighted toughly $Five of money that wasgoed leftover ter an old Bitcoin wallet to start with, and I had no ongezouten banking ties that could have bot potentially exposed.
What am I doing spil a followup? I still toevluchthaven’t lost hope ter the cloud mining concept. I have gone ahead and invested some of my comebacks that I had on the same webpagina I commenced mining Ethereum with called HashFlare. Their comes back are not spil drastic spil HashOcean, helping lend some level of credibility, and they have bot paying out well and have a few more markers to help verify legitimacy. If you’re interested, open up a Coinbase account ter which to deposit/gather your funds and then register with HashFlare and have your withdrawals go there.
Blessed mining and be careful on where you invest!